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PopeWatch: Dialogue

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Pope Francis apparently loves dialogue:

 

In his catechesis, Pope Francis used the Gospel account of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman to reflect on the importance of “dialogue” as an aspect of mercy.

“Dialogue,” the Pope said, “allows people to know themselves and to understand the one another’s needs.” It is both a sign of respect, an expression of charity; it allows us to see one another as a gift from God.

But often when we encounter one another, we are not prepared to listen, preferring instead to interrupt and convince the other that we are right. True dialogue, the Pope said, requires moments of silence, and the ability to welcome the other as a gift from God.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said, “dialoguing helps people to humanize relationships and to overcome misunderstandings.” He continued, “There is a great need for dialogue in our families, and how much more easily would questions be resolved if we could learn to listen to one another!”

The Holy Father concluded his catechesis, saying, “Dialogue breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings; it creates bridges of communication and does not allow anyone to remain isolated, closing themselves into their own little world.” How much better the world will be, he said, if we could listen to one another, explain ourselves meekly, rather than shouting at one another. “Through dialogue, we can make the signs of the mercy of God grow, and make them instruments of welcome and respect.”

Go here to read the rest.  PopeWatch is sure this revelation will come as a vast relief to all “self-absorbed promethean neo pelagians” everywhere.

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

9 Comments

  1. 1300 years of conflict with radical Islam, and another century or so of conflict with atheist socialism demonstrate the folly of this man’s vision.
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    When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape.
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    1st Thessalonians 5:3

  2. Just reading the A.M’s Paul to the Ephesians 4:32-5:8 and came across this gem on “dialogue.”
    “…the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them…..”

  3. “But often when we encounter one another, we are not prepared to listen, preferring instead to interrupt and convince the other that we are right. True dialogue, the Pope said, requires moments of silence, and the ability to welcome the other as a gift from God.”
    I’m waiting for his silence.

  4. Well Bob Tanaka there was the famous dialogue between Chamberlain and the Fuehrer.
    oh- wait. Chamberlain was a progressive… dreamer.. universalist, unitarian I think.

  5. One can’t coexist or dialogue with someone that believes it’s “just” to kill you (or marginalize you, for that matter) simply because you are you. The hyperbolic tragedies resulting from the Chamberlain/Hitler dialogues are a fine example.

  6. The Gospel had to do with Pharisaical hypocrisy. Jesus was not dialoguing. He was telling it like it is. This took courage and sureness of belief. Pope Francis likes the idea of dialogue because it does not require courage or sureness of belief. It is meaningless twaddle for those without courage or faith.

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